How can I keep Mom safe when she's forgetting to use her walker?
Answered by Karen Garner
Mom has very severe dementia. Lives in memory care unit. Now has fallen because she does not remember to use her walker. Any suggestions?
It is a misconception that once a loved one is no longer living at home, but is instead being cared for at a facility which specializes in caring for people with dementia, that all the worries and stresses go away. How nice it would be if this were true.
Please request and schedule a meeting with the care coordinator at your Mom’s facility. You probably met with them when she moved in and you discussed her care needs at that time. Once you meet with the coordinator, ask for the staff in her unit be required to remind her to use her walker.
It may take a lot of visits at various times to follow up on this, but if you do, they will get used to watching out for her and making sure she is using her walker. When you show up to visit and check on her, if she isn’t using the walker, be vocal. Remind them that this is something that is important for her safety. You can also put a note up in her room, reminding her (if she can read) and the staff. Be her advocate. You will most likely have to follow up several times but make sure you are heard. It is frustrating and sometimes time consuming, but in the end you will be glad you did.